Vegetarian Bolognese and Zucchini Noodles, Fiesta Friday

Vegetarian Bolognese

Cutting carbs? Try this delicious vegetarian, low carbohydrate Bolognese over zucchini noodles. The mushrooms lend a nice meaty texture, the sauce is loaded with vegetables and the mascarpone cheese gives it a decadent creamy finish. Zucchini noodles are low in calories and carbohydrates with a pasta mouth feel. I use this Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer spirilizer from Amazon*. This meal can be enjoyed with a fresh Italian salad. You can make it vegan and paleo by substituting a vegan cashew cream. I’m taking this dish to Fiesta Friday hosted by Angie at TheNoviceGardener.

Vegetarian Bolognese

Vegetarian Bolognese

Vegetarian Bolognese

Vegetarian Bolognese

Vegetarian Bolognese

Vegetable Bolognese and Zucchini Noodles

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Vegetarian Bolognese:
2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 fennel bulb, coarsely chopped
1 stalk celery
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups chopped assorted mushrooms, such as shiitake, cremini and/or button, stemmed and chopped
1/2 cup dry red wine, such as merlot or cabernet sauvignon
14 oz can diced, no salt tomatoes
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

2 medium zucchini spirals

Clean and chop all vegetables.
Sauté garlic and onions in olive oil until translucent. Add remaining vegetables and cook until soft about 10 minutes. Add herbs, tomatoes and wine. Simmer 30-60 minutes. I prefer a longer simmer to meld the flavors. Just before ready to serve, add mascarpone cheese and stir until melted and combined. Add zucchini noodles to sauce and simmer 5 minutes to warm noodles but keep crisp tender. Serve with shaved parmesan if desired.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook says:

    Zucchini Noodles! ZOOOODLES! 🙂 I love them! I recently made shrimp scampi with them and was looking for something else to try, this is perfffect! Nice and healthy so you don’t have to feel guilty, I love it. Happpyyy Fiesta Friday!


    1. Thanks for hosting Stephanie. I love zunoodles too. I really don’t miss wheat pasta with a great sauce.


    2. Shrimp scampi and zunoodles, sounds delish. I’ll check it out.

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  2. Chhapan Bhog says:

    Wow, noodles with Zucchini sounds very interesting.. 🙂


    1. I hope you try it. The more veggies the better.


  3. Tracy says:

    Ooooh yum! A vegetable spiralizer is sooo on my list of kitchen gadgets just so I can make a dish like this! How healthy and delicious! Perfect for this Fiesta Friday to help round out all the sweet treats! 😀


    1. Tracy, you should get one. They’re super cheap about $35.


  4. Too funny – I just checked and I have the same gadget but I bought mine at Williams Sonoma. I need to keep it within reach so I can use it more – those noodles turned out great and the whole dish looks good 🙂


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